To help ensure that students are understanding and are engaged with the course material students are required to provide four (4) Discussion Board postings throughout the eight (8) week course. (In addition, the student should provide a post with a short bio as an informal introduction of him/herself to the instructor and other students.)
Discussion Board posts are a great way to demonstrate understanding of the material. Additionally, communicating with fellow students by reading and responding to each other’s posts is the best way to promote learning and provoke insightful thoughts to the material.
Discussion questions are posted under the “Discussion Board” tab on the course Bb shell. The discussion questions are based upon the assigned text readings for that two-week period. You will need to post your first response to the discussion question by the end of the two-week period on the day and time indicated on the course schedule. Each forum will be worth twenty (20) points for a total of eighty (80) points possible for the course.
The grading rubric for discussion board postings is shown below.
|Criteria||Excellent 20||Good 19 to 11||Average 10||Poor 9 to 0|
|Frequency of Posts||Makes at least 1 main posting and 2 detailed and thoughtful responses to others’ postings.||Makes at least 1 main posting and 1 detailed and thoughtful response or 2 responses with limited detail and thought to others’ postings.||Makes at least 1 main posting and 1 or more limited responses to others’ postings.||Makes no or only 1 main posting.|
|Evidence of having read the thread||Makes reference to others’ responses.||Logic of response includes other responses.||Little evidence of having read thread.||No evidence of having read thread.|
|Demonstration of Understanding of Course Material
|Answer demonstrates mastery of the material. Thoughts are well integrated.||Answer demonstrates understanding of material, some lack of integration of ideas.||Answer demonstrates some gaps in understanding of the material, ideas are not well integrated.||Answer demonstrates considerable lack of understanding, no integration of ideas.|
|Application of Course Material
|Makes applications of course material to real-world content in a manner that demonstrates mastery of the concept and situation.||Makes applications of course material to real-world content in a manner that demonstrates knowledge of the concept and situation.||Makes applications of course material to real-world content in a manner that demonstrates limited knowledge of the concept and situation.||Does not apply course material to real-world situations.|
|Evidence of having read the text or done applicable research||Makes reference to the text and other resources in their main posting.||Makes reference to the text or other resources in their main posting.||Little evidence of reference to the text or other resources in their main posting.||No evidence of reference to text or other resources in their main posting.|
|Expounding on new ideas to the thread||Ideas presented add considerably to the thread.||Ideas presented add somewhat to the thread.||Ideas presented add little to the thread.||Adds nothing to the thread.|